Men's Club & Ladies' Lounge, Revisited
My plans fell through on Saturday evening (6/5/10), and I stopped
in at the Men's club. The huge room, with kitchennette, TV area,
pool table, tables and chairs was empty, except for a gentleman
from East River Housing who always seems to be there.
I don't understand the politics of the Men's club, but I do know
that it is the single best space at our co-op, and on the rare occasions
that I stop by that sorely underutilized space, I see more non-shareholders
I know there are some people who advocate for the continuation
of this club, and many people who defend it solely because recognizing
its absurdity would similarly recognize the absurdity of having
a "Ladies Lounge".
I implore people in our community to acknowledge that, first and
foremost (that is, before investing money for the establishment
of a new Ladies' Lounge), we need to establish a mixed
use club! Open the existing Men's club space to Shareholders at-large.
And with all due respect for our greater community, I advocate that
we refuse non-shareholders from frequenting the club. Once we have
shareholders-only mixed-use club, we can enhance it with better
furniture, wireless internet access, and maybe some sort of coffee
and food service!
I recognize that different groups of people have different needs,
and ultimately we should consider the establishment of separate
Seniors' and Juniors' rooms. But as for the need for private poker
games or book discussions, I would think that the partitioned-off
areas in the forthcoming Building 1 community room would be the
proper venue for such gatherings to take place.
Incidentally, back in 2004 (before the current Ladies Lounge was
established), 80% of the respondents to an SPComm poll thought that
it was not a good idea to maintain separate men's and women's clubs.